Friday, January 26, 2018

The Demise of Retail Shopping



Have you heard? Retail is dying. People still shop but not in retail stores like we once did. I’ve been reading and hearing lately that the way we shop is changing. Malls around the country are standing empty just like downtowns did when the malls were built. Even the big box stores are closing being forced out like they once forced out many mom and pop businesses. Here’s a report about it. 

If you haven’t ordered something from Amazon you are in the majority. Many people have Amazon Prime. We pay monthly for the privilege of getting free shipping as well as digital movies, books and music literally at our fingertips. Online shopping is replacing store fronts. 

There are many advantages and some disadvantages to online shopping. Many times you have a huge selection and you can comparison price. You can search for exactly the item you want from the comfort of your home. Recently I was shopping for drawer pulls for a dresser I was painting. I went to several stores including a big craft store that I prefer not shopping because of their support of organizations that I do not support.  But when I’m desperate I go there. They had the pulls I liked but they were $5 each. Often this retail craft store will have the pulls at half price. But not that day. $40 was too much for me to use on a dresser to resale. While waiting my hubby to foo oath shopping in a sports store I searched online using my phone and found 10 beautiful pulls  for $15 from Amazon and they arrived 2 days later. That’s what is killing retail. Online you have multiple selections, fast delivery, easy payment and you can buy from home, your car, vacation or anywhere you have cell service any time. 




Of course there are disadvantages with online shopping. If you like to actually touch and feel the article you are buying you are  not going to do that online. This is especially true if you are buying clothing. And if have trouble finding the right fit in clothing, online clothing shopping will be difficult for you. I recently decided to try Switch Fix and luckily everything fit perfectly. Switch Fix is an group that will choose an outfit for you based on a survey of your likes, activities and preferences. Again ending the need to go from retail store to retail store putting an outfit together. Here is my first Switch Fix and thanks to losing 100 lbs over the last year and a half everything fit. 


Another disadvantage is the delay in arriving. With Amazon Prime most packages arrive in 2 days. Anything shipped USPS Priority Mail will usually arrive in days. Shipping costs is also an added disadvantage when you not using a service like Amazon Prime. 


Damage in shipping is another disadvantage. I’ve had good luck with shopping for the most part. A set of foam tiles in a plastic box was delivered from Amazon but the box was cracked. After contacting Amazon I was given three choices of which I chose a 30% refund which I thought was very fair. I was delighted to receive an email that since I was such a “good” customer  they were refunding all the expense and my grand daughter’s teacher ended up with a free box of foam tiles. Let's not discuss how "good" a customer I am. 


For elderly folks or those that do use computers the demise of retail shopping makes it harder and harder for them to find the things they need and want. I order things for my 91 year old mom all the time. Most recently a carpet sweeper. But many people in this situation don’t have someone to order things for them. 





What does this mean for small business owners like me? It means I should be prepared for change. Boutiques and specialized stores are still surviving. Many in those small downtowns that were displaced years ago by big malls. With the addition of great restaurants, craft beer businesses and other unique stores places like the antique store where I have two booths are surviving.  There is a trend to buy handmade and artisan products. And thanks to Joanna Gaines, from HGTV’s Fixer Upper, antiques and vintage items are all the rage now. 



But a business like my antique and collectible business cannot rely solely on a storefront for all their income. We have to have addition revenue sources. I sell on eBay, I have an Etsy shop (GoodsonVintage) , I sell on Facebook Marketplace and occasionally to friends and family as well as the store where my booths are located. Many vendors like us sell at Vintage Market Days which are much like the craft shows of years past. Some even have their own "Barn Sells". 

So we live in a rapidly changing world. Being prepared for changes will enable to deal with these changes in a smooth and seamless way.

Remember to buy what you love. 






Friday, January 5, 2018

Trends for 2018

Do you think about trends? My friend, Sherry Bourbeau, and I have both been watching for new trends for 2018.  We both have booths at Just Around the Corner in Lincolnton, NC. Sherry is quite the seamstress. Her booth is full of wonderful items she has created from brightly colored fabrics. She makes bibs, key fobs, bags, t-shirts, lanyards, pillows and more. Here is her beautiful booth, JumpinJacks Gifts. 




Hubby and I have two booths, Goodson Vintage Treasures,  as you know if you follow my blog, which are full of antiques and collectibles. We also up-cycle old things into new. In addition, I make signs. Here are our two booths. 




So even though we have very different booths we are both always reading, researching and studying the latest trends. It may be more obvious why Sherry watches trends as she deals wtih colors and patterns that tend change in popularity. But you may wonder why I care since I sell antiques and collectibles. Both are affected by trends. 

Take the work of Joanna Gaines famous from the HGTV show Fixer Upper. She has influenced color and style trends in crazy ways since that show came on air. People not only want to use the colors and farmhouse style she uses, but they want to wear her clothing and jewelry styles. All that affects our sales.


Joanna really has brought the use of signs as well as wording on textiles into the forefront, and don't forget lots of white, shiplap and the farmhouse look. She uses a mix of new and old in her designs. So one place we look for trends is her show. I wonder if you have noted her use of more colors this year. She is using greens and blues and darker shades of browns. 

Other places we look for trends is of course magazines, online articles and that favorite of everyone, Pinterest. 

So what's new?
Color for one thing. We are going away from the whites and pale colors of recent times. Many sources say a big color this year will be lavender. Here is a beautiful jewelry box that  Lina Docken posted on the Facebook page Chalk Paint, Distress, And Decoupage. Notice the blues and lavenders. Over 2,000 people liked, commented or reacted to her post. Folks that's a trend if I have ever seen one (photo reprinted with permission). It really is a gorgeous piece. 

This is an idea that both Sherry and I can incorporate into our booths.  I have also read that fish scale prints, octopus patterns, fishnet bags and other ocean themes will be hot this year.  Along with lavender we will see more warmer colors that impart a feeling of coziness. Colors like olive green, dark grey with pops of red and yellows as accents. As far as materials I have seen glitter and sequins mentioned as well as that old stand bye, velvet. 

In addition, another influence in home and clothing will be the BoHo or bohemian style. It was present in this year's trends but really has not reached our area. 

Think that's way wrong? Look at these jeans I saw while shopping recently. They brought the 60's right back to me. And yes I bought the ones with the dark pink and green flowers.   So look for embroidery as a trend in home and clothing fashion. Here is a pillow Sherry has recently made using BoHo design. 


Some other ideas I have seen on trends for 2018 include lots of circle and geometric patterns, furniture the same color as the walls (more of that cozy look), coffee and/or hot chocolate bars in people's homes, wicker in accents such as baskets and lighting but not main pieces of furniture. Baskets like this vintage tobacco basket are still great sellers if you can find them. 


Other trending ideas are old timey floral prints for dresses and curtains. In personal style you will see bigger earrings and jewelry as well as buckles on shoes and fringe on everything. Many people with cutting machines are making leather and faux leather earrings.

All of this will effect the kinds of signs I design as well as the colors I paint furniture. For Sherry she will be looking at BoHo designs, colors and styles for her pillows, t-shirts and other items. 

I think vintage Christmas, which was all the rage 2017 Christmas, will be even more popular next year. Along with that will be vintage looking Christmas items like the old truck with a Christmas tree you saw everywhere in 2017. In 2017 buffalo plaid was also extremely popular. We saw it everywhere. Plaids will be strong again in 2018.



So if that is what's in can you guess what is going out? White kitchens will be going out. Guess they aren't as cozy. With that, open shelving in kitchens is out as well as plain tiles in bathroom and kitchens. Barn doors are another popular trend that will be changing. 


I think this means real barn doors in the home as decor or useable doors are out. But we will still be using the sliding type doors but now they will be dressed up like a regular wood paneled door. In fact, I saw this last night on....where else but Fixit Upper.  

What is else is going out. Well this one doesn't make me happy as I just bought a new Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. Word art.


Word art has reached it high point many trend experts say. Sherry, on the other disagrees with this one. 

i have observed that chalk boards, once the rage, are trending out. Many trend watchers say white, painted furniture is going out. But that look has been popular for more than fifteen years beginning with Rachel Ashwell and her Shabby Chic design although the term first appeared in the magazine, The World of Interiors, in the 1980's. So I'm not sure that prediction is right. Dark finished antique wood furniture is not a good seller for me. 


What trends have you seen? Please add the trends you have seen coming in the comments. 

At the end of the year we will look and see how accurate I was in my predictions. My next blog will be about that new Silhouette machine. 

As always buy what you love!








Sunday, December 31, 2017

Vintage Light Bulb Wreath How To

Vintage Light Bulb Wreath How To

I’ve been buying old light bulbs for several years because…I like the colors and shape of them. They are so much prettier than the LED bulbs we use today. But when you have about 500 of them it’s time to do something with them. 


I had seen wreaths made out of the bulbs on Pinterest but had not tried to make one. So it was time. There really was not a DIY instruction anywhere so I studied the photos and went at it. I was pretty pleased with the results so I made another. By the time I got to the second one I think I have a fairly good way to make them. Here’s the step by step instructions. 


First separate your bulbs by color and if needed (mine were filthy) clean with wipes. 


Take a wire wreath form and wrap with gold or silver garland.


The thicker the garland is the better. I purchased my form at the Dollar Store. The garland I collected at estate sales as well as my light bulbs.  I tie my garland and hot glue it to the metal wreath. Attach a heavy duty wire to the top of your wreath form and be sure to secure it firmly. The light bulb wreath is quite heavy by the time you are finished. 



Using a hot glue gun, start attaching the bulbs one by one to the outside of the wreath. I squirt hot glue on the garland and on the bulb. I lay this first row down with the point of bulb facing out. I keep the colors in order but a random color arrangement would be fine. 




Next put a second row of light bulbs for the middle row, laying them down on the previous row and going in between the bulbs on the first row. 

For the last row, insert the row of bulbs one at time and stand them up. I continue until I have the inner row complete. If you have some areas where a bulb seems to be too exposed, just cut small bits of the same garland you used to wrap the wreath and glue them in those spaces. 


I think three rows of these larger bulbs looks great.



 If you use smaller bulbs you may need to add more rows. If you make one be sure to share it with me on Facebook - Goodson Vintage Treasures or on Instagram at Goodson Vintage Treasures. Or just email it to goodsonvintagetreasures@gmail.com. 

Remember to buy what you love and maybe you will figure out what to do it later. 




Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hot Vintage Collectibles for Christmas


I don’t know if you have noticed but people go crazy at Christmas. I think they have help back from buying all year and now the year is coming to an end they feel they can let go of a bit of cash. Here’s what is selling like firecrackers going off on the 4th of July.

Anything with a truck and a Christmas tree. This includes signs, real vintage trucks, cloche with a truck inside, pillows, shirts and anything else you can create. Red trucks sell the best with turquoise right behind.

Along with the truck and tree goes anything buffalo plaid. Shirts, signs, pillows, ribbons, scarves, hats all sell with buffalo plaid.


Blow molds sell. If you follow my blog (sorry I haven't posted in a while) you know I love blow molds. Blow molds, for those that don't know, were those big, hard plastic Christmas yard decorations that were made in the 70's -90's. You know the ones you had when your kids were small. Or for the younger crowd, when you were a kid and as you grew older you were embarrassed for your friends to see them in your yard. I put two blow molds in the window at the store where I have my booths and in two days sold them both.




Vintage Christmas is in. Shiny Brite ornaments, plastic tree toppers, Putz houses and  plastic Santa's from the 60's all are in demand. Putz houses are cardboard houses made in the 50's and 60's that were gathered together to make a village. Kind of a pre Department 56 Christmas village. Most were made in Japan.





Another hot idem is shadow boxes and Christmas scenes filled with vintage Christmas trinkets, ornaments, original knee elves (not the guy that sits on the shelf and tells Santa on you), and Christmas cards. Aluminum trees from the fifties atomic age are really popular too. I've sold two already this month and it's not even December yet.




Another hard to find but fast to sell item is vintage Christmas ceramics.  Vintage ceramic Christmas trees sell to folks that recall the one their granny had. Santa punch bowls and cups also are great sellers.





I'm a lover of Vintage Christmas. When I go to estate sales the other dealers I see often call me the Christmas Lady. Gee I hope they aren't reading my blog. Remember, buy what you love.  Have a Merry Christmas season and enjoy all it offers. Go to the parades, the plays, the singing Christmas trees, go riding and see the lights, make those cookies, drink that egg nog and spend time with family.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Tart Tin Ornaments

Just a few of my many tart tins. 
For the last year I have been purchasing vintage tart tins at estate sales. I have quite the collection. I am attracted to their shapes, textures and colors. I knew I wanted to recycle them and create something new from something vintage which if you follow my blog you know I love to do. The first thing I came up with was tart tin Christmas trees which I wrote about in an earlier blog, Tart Tins. You can read it here.  But I still have lots of tart tins. So I searched my favorite idea site, Pinterest and discovered some cute ideas for tart tin ornaments. I have no idea if they will sell but I love how they turned out. Here's how I made them.First start with some vintage tart tins. I bought mine at local estate sales. Next I gathered some cute vintage items from my Christmas goodies stash.
Vintage Light Bulbs

My one really well organized area....my Christmas stash





Wooden Ornaments
I have bottle brush trees, old wooden ornaments, glass balls, flocked Santas, reindeer, bells, garland, scrabble letters and more.


 I think the tins look great with snow glitter. First I spray the tin with adhesive spray. I like to do this outside because the spray has a terrible odor. Then I sprinkle my glitter into the tin. I try to do 10 to 12 of these at a time to let them dry.

After they dry I use a combination of hot glue and white glue to attach my decorations. I like the hot glue for a fast hold and the white glue for a longer lasting secure hold.


I use a punch tool to put two holes in the top of the tins to put silver elastic cord through to hang the finished tins. This punch is an awesome little tool.


I found some cheap round stickers at the local dollar store so I created some vintage graphics with them from Graphics Fairy which is a great site for vintage graphics.


Here are some of the finished tins. 













I think these turned out awesome. If you don't have any tart tins you could use old cookie cutters as an alternative. If you try this please share your finished products with me as I'd love to see them. Happy Junkin. Remember, buy what you love.